We talk about London in the 70s and Tormato with music Journalist and Yes book author, Chris Welch – 559

Produced by Ken Fuller, Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

This week we met the delightful Chris Welch who wrote one of the most important books about Yes, Close To The Edge – The Yes Story. Journalist for Melody Maker, Kerrang and many other publications, Chris has known the band from its earliest days and we very much enjoyed talking to him about those days in the early 70s as well as his trip to Advision to see the band recording Tormato. It was a  great conversation so we hope you enjoy it as well.

  • What was it like in London in the early 70s?
  • Did punk kill prog?
  • How was the atmosphere in Advision?

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Chris’ Melody Maker Studio report and Tormato review:

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Episode 92 – The XYZ Project

Super group, XYZ
Super group, XYZ

The ninety-second episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring an exploration of the post-Drama project, XYZ, from Alan White, Chris Squire and Jimmy Page. Dave Lawson of Greenslade was also involved.

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  • Is any of the demo material worthy of appearing on the new Yes album?
  • Should XYZ reform and release the songs?
  • Has any of it seen the light of day so far?

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Sad news reached me this week of the passing of another of the extended Yes family, via my former colleague, Jim Sweetman:

R.I.P Mike Dunne, Yes engineer, tape operator and editor.

Mike was a key component in the definition of Yes’ sound and worked with the band from its early days until 1980.

Later, he returned to add his special talent to compilations like, ‘In a Word, Yes’.

Alongside Yes, Mike also worked with many other influential artists such as Mott the Hoople, Jon Anderson (for whom Mike was engineer on ‘Olias of Sunhillow’ and ‘Song of Seven’), Van Der Graaf Generator, Flash, Greg Lake and Alex Harvey.

A generous, gracious gentleman when I emailled him, Mike will be missed by all Yes fans.

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